The SFDF team work together to advise and support FDF on a broad range of issues
Dr Colette Backwell, SFDF Director
Colette is responsible for the overall strategy and management of SFDF. She is
part of the senior FDF management team and sits on the SFDF Executive
Colette liaises with government, regulators and other external organisations to
identify and act on issues that impact on food and drink manufacturers.
Colette represents the interests of Members' on the following:
- CBI trade association committee;
- Ministerial Joint Obesity Group;
- Scottish Government's Resilience Advisory Board for Scotland (Food) (RABS Food);
- Scottish Government's Food Implementation Group for the Obesity Action Plan;
- Scotland Food & Drink Executive Group;
- Scotland Food and Drink Skills Group;
- SFDF Schools Programme Advisory Group.
Colette has operated at senior level in the Scottish Government, Defra and more
recently local government. Colette is a scientist with expertise in research,
food, farming and animal health, she is an experienced leader and highly
within her field.
Mary Lawton, Policy and Industry Liaison Manager
Mary's role is to represent and promote the common interests of SFDF though
dialogue with government, regulators and other external organisations and to
identify and act upon issues of concern to members. She set up the Cross Party
Food at Holyrood in 2004 and continues to provide the Secretariat.
She liaises with the FDF team in London to ensure that they are briefed on
Scottish policy issues and works collaboratively on areas of joint interest.
a member of the FDF's Health and Wellbeing Stock-take Group and Incident
Management Working Group. She also sits on the SFDF Executive Committee. In
represent Member's interests Mary is a member of:
- Scottish Food Enforcement Liaison Committee (SFELC), a strategic advisory body
to FSA Scotland;
- Scottish Government's Food Implementation Group and Reformulation Working Group
for the Obesity Action Plan;
- Stakeholder Advisory Group of the Food and Health Alliance;
- SFDF/Zero Waste Scotland/ Interface Resource Efficiency Industry Advisory Group.
Mary is a chartered chemist and worked in industry and trade associations in
London and in Brussels. More recently, she was responsible for food policy at
Consumer Focus Scotland.
Kirsty Ritchie, Communications and Administrative Executive
Kirsty's role is to coordinate and develop appropriate communications activity
and event management, to showcase the achievements of SFDF and inform and
members on industry issues.
She works with FDF to write appropriate communications for members, is
responsible for the website and the coordination of events. Kirsty's key
are the Food and Drink Skill Ambassadors network and Healthy Working Lives. She
also provides the secretariat for the SFDF Executive Committee and sits on the
Scotland Food & Drink Communications group. Kirsty is the first point of
for the Scottish media.
Kirsty has a retail business background. She has gained valuable
communications and administrative experience while working for Healthcare
Scotland and the Scottish Parliament.
Moira Stalker, National Co-ordinator for SFDF Schools Programme.
Moira is the National Co-ordinator for SFDF's Schools Programme. The programme is funded by the Scottish Government and supported by Skills
Development Scotland and Education Scotland.
The programme aims to make the food and drink industry a career destination
choice for young people. We are helping to change negative perceptions of the
industry and showcase the wide variety of careers and courses available in food
and drink. We do this by developing different partnership approaches that use
as a context for learning that demonstrates the relevance of the industry to a
range of subjects, helping pupils to make connections between what they learn
future opportunities. Ultimately we aim to inspire pupils to make connections
between the food on their plates and employment in food and drink.
Moira works with a wide variety of partners such as Education Scotland,
Development Scotland, SQA, local authorities, trade bodies, related projects,
further and higher education and research institutes to further develop and
the experiences delivered to pupils through Schools Programme. She works on
events that promote careers in food and drink and provides support to the Food
Drink Skill Ambassadors network. She is also a member of the University of
Abertay Industry Liaison Group and the Food Advisory Board for Glasgow
Prior to joining SFDF, Moira worked with Scottish Enterprise's food and drink
team. Before that she ran and managed the original Food and Drink Challenge.
also spent a number of years working in industry as an Industrial Engineer.
Chris Peace, Industry Technical Manager
Chris is the Industry Technical Manager for the Reformulation Programme. The programme is funded by Scottish Government.
The main aim of the programme is to work with Scottish food businesses that
not have large/ any technical or new product development resource, to help them
reformulate their products. Chris provide hands-on support to reduce levels of
sugar, fat and salt across their product ranges. This is in response to the
challenge to the food industry by government to help lead the fight against
The Reformulation Programme is based within SFDF and has benefited from the
support of the Media and Communications team within SFDF and FDF. However, the
overall project has been guided by an Obesity Advisory Group comprising staff
SFDF, Scottish Government Health, FSA Scotland and 3 senior Technical staff
the food industry.
Chris has over 25 years' experience of working in the food manufacturing
industry. He has occupied a number of managerial roles, but most recently
in technical and new product development roles, working alongside major UK
Previous experience has included the development of low fat products and
making reductions in salt to satisfy FSA 2010 and 2012 guidelines. Whilst most
recently Chris worked for ABF at Patak's Breads and for Jordans and Ryvita, he
experience with various food categories, from frozen to bakery.
Last reviewed: 07 Jun 2012